Employers take note:- The Workplace Relations Commission has published its annual report for 2017, its third such report since its establishment in 2015 and the "bringing under one roof" of various employment related dispute resolution services. The positives highlighted include faster resolution and an increase in mediation. However, the number of decisions issued has almost doubled and access to the WRC appears to be increasing. Have a look at our high level summary of what to expect when going to the Workplace Relations Commission and the emerging trends.
there was a 24% increase in the number of Adjudication hearings, as compared with 2016; there was an 82% increase in the number of Adjudication decisions; twice as many Adjudication decisions were upheld on appeal by the Labour Court as were overturned; the number of mediations doubled (which is particularly welcome); and the number of outstanding legacy complaints reduced from over 1600 at the start of 2016 to under 300.